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For the concerned cat owner, cat health is one of the most important considerations. From prevention of disease, to understanding and treating a life-threatening disease, these cat health topics are an invaluable resource.
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  8. Dental Health (16)
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  10. Emergencies / First Aid (12)
  11. Feline Anatomy (13)
  12. Health Concerns in Kittens (9)
  13. Health FAQs (20)
  14. Homeopathy / Holistic Care (12)
  15. Pet Health Insurance (7)
  16. Special Needs Cats (5)
  17. Vaccinations for Cats (9)
  18. Veterinary Care for Cats (16)
  19. Veterinary Groups (8)
  20. Zoonotic Disease (15)

BPA Lined Cat Food Cans Pose Health Risks
BPA lining in cat food cans has been found to be harmful to the health of cats.

Subcutaneous Fluids (Sub-Q) for Cats
Dehydration in cats should be treated immediately, as it has the potential for killing a cat. Learn more about dehydration and replacement of lost fluids.

Cat Age
We who love cats want our cats to live as long as possible, since they are members of our family. Although genetics may have an effect on longevity, there are many things we can do to maximize our cats life potential, starting when they first come under our care.

Changes Seen During The Three Main Stages of Cat Age
Cats go through three main stages of aging: kittenhood, maintenance years, and senior years. Their nutrition needs, activity levels, and veterinary care will vary during these three stages.

Cat Health 101: Veterinary Care for Cats
Your cat has a better chance at maximizing his or her potential lifespan when you form a partnership with your veterinarian for kitty's health care needs. Learn more with this lesson from Cat Health 101.

When to Call Your Veterinarian for your Cat -
I often get e-mails from folks describing various symptoms their cats are displaying and asking if I have any idea of the causes. Although I may often have ideas or opinions, my answer is always the same: "Even if I were a veterinarian, I would not attempt to diagnose your pet without a thorough personal examination. Your kitty needs to be seen by a veterinarian, without delay."

Form a Partnership With Your Veterinarian
I've always encouraged cat parents to form a partnership with your veterinarian. Next to genetics, your cat's health is the most important factor in determining his or her's ultimate life span. We all want our cats to live longer, and your veterinarian should be your prime source of not only veterinary care, but advice about your cat's health.

Help in Selecting a New Veterinarian
Finding a new veterinarian for cats is always a challenge, whether moving into a new area or dissatisfied with the former vet. Although referalls from other happy clients are a big plus, it is always advisable to be prepared with a list of questions to ask any prospective veterinarian for your cat.

Veterinary Care for Cats
Are you one of those cat caregivers who only take their cats to the veterinarian during emergencies? Delaying routine exams is actually a financial risk, as potentially serious illnesses can be nipped in the bud by early diagnosis. Your cat could fall victim to economic euthanasia, if you waited to long to seek veterinary care. These articles...

The Tragedy of Economic Euthanasia
In a deepening recession, with no foreseeable end, more and more veterinarians have to euthanize cats and dogs because their owners do not have the money to pay the high veterinary costs incurred with emergencies or seriously escalating chronic disease.

Before You Buy Pet Insurance for Your Cat
Pet health insurance, like other forms of insurance, is a gamble. You're betting your cat will need it, and the company is setting odds that it won't, in terms of limits and lots of fine print. There are a number of factors to consider before you buy pet insurance for your cat. You may, in fact, decide against it.

Signs of a Healthy Cat
The well-toned upper body of a healthy cat will give the impression of supple strength, which in movement translates to speed, agility, and grace. Learn more about the neck, shoulders, and front legs, feet, and claws of a healthy cat.

Treating an FIV+ Cat - the HIV Connection
Bud, an FIV+ cat, has been kept alive with a combination of drugs used to treat HIV and OTC supplements. The result has been total measurable viral suppression, to the extent that in his latest test, the viral load was so low that FIV was not detected. Read his remarkable story by Joel Kehler, Bud's human caregiver.

Natural Health Solutions for Cats
Sooner or later, almost everyone who shares a home with a cat discovers "natural health" or hears about holistic veterinary procedures such as accupuncture, massage therapy or homeopathic remedies.

Fat Cats
Fat cats are unhealthy cats. More and more cat caregivers are coming to realize that. Serious feline diseases such as diabetes and hypertension target morbidly obese cats. Excess fat has a way of creeping up as cats age, and become more sedentary if we do not remain aware.

Signs of a Healthy Cat
The well-toned upper body of a healthy cat will give the impression of supple strength, which in movement translates to speed, agility, and grace. Learn more about the neck, shoulders, and front legs, feet, and claws of a healthy cat.

Cat Health FAQs
Many specific questions about the health of cats can only be answered by a veterinarian after a thorough examination of the cat. However I can sometimes respond to more general questions. Read my replies to some of the frequently asked questions I receive about cats.

Vomiting, Acute in Cats
Cats will commonly vomit from time to time, often because they might have eaten something that upset their stomachs, or simply because they have sensitive digestive systems. However, the condition becomes acute when the vomiting does not stop and when there is nothing left in the cat's stomach to throw up except bile. It is important you take your pet to a veterinarian in these cases. While vomit…

Have you had to put a cat to sleep because of the rising costs of vet…
In a deepening recession, with no foreseeable end, more and more veterinarians have to euthanize cats and dogs because their owners do not have the money to pay the high veterinary costs incurred with emergencies or seriously escalating chronic disease. If this has happened to you, share your story and how you reached the final decision on putting your cat to sleep

Your Fat Cats Weight Control Plan - Share Your Plan and Progress in t…
My two cats, Jaspurr and Billy, have a weight problem. I'm instituting a weight control plan for both of them, as detailed in the attached article. If you are worried about your own obese cat's health, you are encouraged to either follow my plan or another your veterinarian recommends. Please see your own vet first for an assessment of your cat. Then post your plan and your cat's progress in the …

Fat Cats Weight Management Program
Weight gain in cats can creep up unnoticed. However, it has been apparent for some time now that both of these cats are seriously overweight. My goal for 2009 is to help them gradually reach a healthy weight. Excess weight is dangerous for cats. It can lead to feline diabetes, hypertension and other heart problems, and arthritis. Follow our...

Is it safe for owners to vaccinate their own cats?
A reader asks if it is safe for cat owners to vaccinate their own cats. Read my reply to this health FAQ

Cats Health Quiz
How extensive is your knowledge about cats' health matters? Do you know common symptoms of health problems in cats and what they might mean? Take this javascript-based cats health quiz to test your knowledge and learn more about your cat's health.

What is Rippling Skin Disorder?
I read about that rippling skin disorder, and I think my cat has it. He does a lot of crazy running around with the skin on his back rippling. Also he wanders around at night, meowing loudly. What is it, and how can I help him? Learn more about rippling skin disorder, its symptoms, possible causes, and treatment, through this FAQ.

Quick Tip: Giving Multiple Small Pills to Cats
Do you have a cat patient who is not patient with pilling? One who must take multiple small pills or halved/quartered pills? Those divided pills have sharp edges, and it's no wonder cats are reluctant to swallow them. Here's a possible solution to avoid both the distress of pilling for your cat, and also the waste of pills spat out repeatedly.

Veterinary Reference Books for Cat Owners
Any home library of books on cat care must include one or two veterinary reference books to be complete. Knowing the normal conditions of a healthy cat, how to spot symptoms of illness, and what to do about them are integral to the responsible care of cats. These veterinary reference books will provide needed help and support for the concerned cat owner.

Essential Oils and Cats: A Potentially Toxic Mix
In recent years, compelling evidence has accumulated that essential oils can be toxic to cats, whether taken internally, applied to the skin, or simply inhaled. Learn more about essential oils and aromatherapy, and where and how they can be used safely.

Cat-Pilling Quick Tip
Do you have a cat patient who is not patient with pilling? One who must take multiple small pills or halved/quartered pills? Those divided pills have sharp edges, and it's no wonder cats are reluctant to swallow them.

Books on Natural Health for Cats
Sooner or later, almost everyone who shares a home with a cat discovers "natural health" or hears about holistic veterinary procedures such as accupuncture, massage therapy or homeopathic remedies. These books will clear the path for raising your own cat the natural way.

What to Do About Hairballs
Although hairballs may be the topics of jokes among thoughtless humans, they are a source of discomfort or worse, for cats. Learn how to recognize hairball problems and how to help your cat get rid of them

Special Needs Cats Profiles
Special needs cats, or "other-abled" cats often need special care. They may have been born with special needs, contracted retroviruses such as FIV or fELv, or lost limbs through accident, cruelty, or amputation. Blind or deaf cats may have come that way at birth, through malnutrition or disease, or by other means. The one thing all special needs...

H1N1 Swine Flu Virus and Cats
Ever since the WHO (World Health Organization) classified the H1N1 virus as a pandemic in June of 2009, fear compounded by misinformation have ensued. Even the name, "swine flu," is a misnomer, as the H1N1 virus, although similar, is not the same virus responsible for the swine flu in North America.

Mad Cow Disease - Are Cats at Risk?
In addition to the 100 domestic cats which, as of the turn of the century, have died from feline spongiform encephalopathy in the UK, are sixteen big cats, which, in the latter case, most likely succumbed as the result of eating contaminated raw meat. Could our cats be at risk? Read more to find out.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards Nomination: Best Website on Cat Health
This year, among other awards, the About.com Readers' Choice Awards will honor the best Website with information on Cat Health You may nominate up to five cat care books with this fill-in-the-blanks form.

Feline Lymphoma Disease Profile
Lymphoma is the most common form of cancer found in cats, and accounts for 33% of all tumors in felines. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma in cats.

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